Back in the Game: 14 Mile Training Run!

I have some great news, my friends: I ran 14 miles on Saturday and my foot felt fine!!! :)

Thank you to all of you for the helpful advice! After reading all the comments, I decided that if my foot still hurt when I got up on Saturday I would do a pool run instead of a normal run. If it didn’t hurt or I just barely felt it, I would attempt a shorter run (I was supposed to do 20 miles for Richmond marathon training but I knew that wasn’t a good idea) with a bail-out option in case it hurt once I started.


When I woke up on Saturday, my foot felt pretty good, surprisingly, so I tried on my usual Brooks running shoes and ran in place like a weirdo in our kitchen in my PJs for a second. It actually felt okay, which was a big improvement from last week, and even from Friday when just putting on my Brooks hurt. I have no idea what all of a sudden made it better, but I wasn’t going to question it. I texted my marathon training buddy Kathleen that I was in for a shorter version of our run, potentially doing the second half in the pool depending how I felt. We made plans to meet up on the National mall at 10 a.m.

Just before I headed out, our college buddy Sarah texted me. We’ve had a VERY rainy and gloomy week here in DC, and Saturday was pretty gross, too. Sarah texted me with “This weather is making it very hard for me to go for a run.” I agreed, and said that Kathleen and I were meeting down on the national mall 30 minutes later to run if she wanted to join us. Perfect timing! Gloomy runs with friends > gloomy runs alone. :) Our party of 2 was up to a party of 3, and a half hour later, we met up, happy to be outside after a week mostly indoors.



It was actually a nice morning to be out for a run – it was pretty soggy and there was some light rain/mist (my Run Happy visor was great to keep the rain out of my eyes), but it was actually kind of refreshing once we got going and it meant we had the area practically to ourselves! It was so quiet and peaceful out. Normally 10 a.m. down on the national mall on a weekend in October it is a mad house!



The three of us headed off towards the tidal basin and the Jefferson Memorial, me very hopeful that my foot would be okay and practically giddy because I was so happy to be back out and about and running with friends. It had only been a week but I’d missed it so much! Plus, I hadn’t seen Kathleen in two weeks since I missed our long training run last weekend. I’d missed her, too!


The monuments all have barriers in front of them right now because of the furlough – so ridiculous.


My foot felt pretty good when we started the run – I felt it a little bit but it felt way better than it had the day before, and by about a quarter mile in it felt totally normal. I crossed my fingers and we kept going, heading down into Hains Point.

It was so peaceful on Hains Point on Saturday morning! There were only a few of us out there and everything was very misty and mysterious looking.


The miles flew by as the three of us chatted and caught up on life, and before we knew it we were back at the tidal basin, where we stopped for a quick stretch.


From there, we headed along the water, almost to Georgetown, and then up into Rock Creek Park. Sarah said farewell and ran on towards home when we hit P Street, so Kathleen and I were on our own. I was still feeling good, so we decided to keep going and turn around just before mile 10, which would have us back on the national mall at about 14 miles.


Rock Creek has a bunch of fun workout stations, so Kathleen and I stopped to test our pull up strength. ;) I can do one pull up from a total dead hang position now. YAY!! Thanks, CrossFit. (Although I haven’t been great about going to CrossFit lately because of marathon training, oops.)

rock creek pull up station

Kathleen, on the other hand… hehe. We might need to work on her arm strength. ;)


After looping back the same way we came, we exited Rock Creek and ran along the soggy waterfront back towards the national mall.



By the time we got close to finishing, my legs were getting super tired. 14 miles was plenty for me. I was just so excited to have made it that far with my foot totally fine! Yay!!!


  • Mile 1: 9:12
  • Mile 2: 9:16
  • Mile 3: 9:02
  • Mile 4: 9:12
  • Mile 5: 9:15
  • Mile 6: 9:22
  • Mile 7: 9:18
  • Mile 8: 9:33
  • Mile 9: 9:39
  • Mile 10: 9:22
  • Mile 11: 9:09
  • Mile 12: 9:02
  • Mile 13: 9:13
  • Mile 14: 9:06

Total overall time: 2 hours, 9 minutes, 50 seconds. Average overall pace: 9:16 minute/miles.


When I got home, I hopped right into an ice bath, and I’m happy to report that I felt good on Sunday – my foot felt fine, too. I have no idea what was going on last week or why it suddenly got better but I’m thinking that the long bike ride last weekend was to blame, not running too much. The ride was super hilly and lots of pressure on my foot because I have cages on my pedals – I think it must have been smushing my outer foot and bruised it? I’m thinking no more biking until after the marathon just to be safe.

I’m planning to get back to my usual Tuesday/Thursday morning run routine this week, although I don’t think I’ll be too intense about mileage, just in case. Fingers crossed I’m okay from here on out… if my foot starts hurting again, I will absolutely go see someone to get it checked out, but for now, I’m hoping it’s resolved. We’ll see! I’ll keep you guys updated.

The next challenge is that I’m doing the Tough Mudder on Saturday with a bunch of friends. Our plan: a) have fun, b) take it slow, c) DO NOT TWIST AN ANKLE. I realize it’s probably stupid to do a Tough Mudder a month out from my first full marathon, but I signed up for it before I decided to do the marathon and I got a bunch of friends on board, too, so I can’t bail. I’m hoping I can come out sore but fine! My training buddy Kathleen is doing it too, so we’re planning to be suuuuper cautious the whole time.

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Any great runs or race reports to share?


  1. 1

    ok I know this isnt the right post :-) but Im putting here as IM STILL SMITTEN/THINKING ABOUT YOUR PHOTO FROM YER ANNIVERSARY.
    you two look so happy…17 years (!) later Im focusing on refinding that one year happy!

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    I’m so glad I texted you! That run was the perfect start to the weekend. Excited for tomorrow’s run (and scared about tough mudder. gah)

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    Such a great run! Good job!!!

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    High five on the run success!!! And kudos to you for getting outside despite the gloomy weather! I did 6 miles on the treadmill, which was not fun, but also not as terrible as I expected. Hoping you can stay healthy for the rest of your training plan!!

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    I’m glad your foot is feeling better. Hopefully it’s good from here on out.

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    Glad your foot feels better. I had a similar experience while training for my last half marathon. I took a spin class and really did something to irritate the muscles in my calves. They weren’t the same through the rest of training, but I managed through with lots of stretching and ice. Good luck with the Tough Mudder!

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    Make sure you give yourself a ton of time to get to Tough Mudder. On two occasions my boyfriend and I didn’t even make it to the start line because there was too much traffic and TM is not great at logistics. It’s not an exaggeration to say you should plan to get there two hours before your start, that way you have plenty of cushion if traffic getting in is bad.

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    Glad it’s better! Good luck with training this week!

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    So great to see that your foot is feeling better! I always love that you take so many pictures while running, what do you do while you’re in a tough mudder? I’ve seen you post pictures from there, how do you keep your camera from getting all gross and dirty?

    Thanks for the post, I’ve been struggling with getting my inserts to fit right and support my high arches, really want to get back to running!

  10. 14

    Hey ladies!! Looking good :)

  11. 15

    Delighted for you!!! Glad your on the mend! :)

  12. 16

    Hi Anne,

    I’m glad you got a good run in! Is your new watch the Garmin 910? How do you like it? I’ve never used a GPS/heart rate watch before and will be purchasing my first one this week (birthday present!) and wanted to get some advice from others.


  13. 18

    Great run! I need to hit up some crossfire with you it seems!

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    Roadrunner says:

    Great to hear! Congrats/touch wood —

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    Glad your foot is feeling better! I bet running in D.C. is definitely different with all the monuments being closed! I haven’t done much this week on the running front (sooooo much rain), but I’m hoping to get some good runs in this weekend.

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    So glad your foot is feeling better and have fun at the Tough Mudder!

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    Glad your foot is feeling better! I am still just hanging out on the pull up bar…one day I will get to the full pull up!

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    Glad your foot is feeling better and you were able to get a solid run in! Even better that it wasn’t sore the next day or today! feet are so fickle when they decide to ache… Good Luck at the Tough Mudder!

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    Yay! So glad to see that you are back in the running game! I have a question….this may be obvious, but to measure your time at each mile do you just hit “lap” at each mile on the Garmin? I love using my Garmin but have never used it to clock pace at each mile like you and I would love that info! :)

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    Yea, it might just have been some bruising. I’m glad to hear that the pain is gone!

    And yikes, DC looked really soggy. So glad I escaped to SoCal this past weekend!

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    I am glad your foot is feeling better! You will have alot of fun doing the tough mudder! I think I am to scared I will break something! On Monday I ran the Tufts Healthcare Plan 10k for Women and it was such a good event! There were like Olympic runners there and famous marathon runners. It was a lot of fun! I did right around what I thought I would do 55:54 but wanted to do better, I caught a damn cold and I wasn’t used to running like that! O well! Next year!

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